QMy in-laws kiss their dog and then kiss us goodbye when we visit them.
I can`t cope with this and they expect me to do the same and that includes the doggy bye bye.
My husband feels the same but says nothing.
The dog looks like it hates it too.
AThey clearly have never had a bout of the dreaded lurgy after one unlucky time when that tongue has passed on germs from its backside to everyone in the room.
Or they probably have but blamed food poisoning or a virus instead.
It must be very difficult for your husband as he has always known his parents and you are taking a fresh look at a situation that may seem normal to him.
Television programmes encourage this way of letting the family dog be treated as a human being.
I love animals but there ain`t no way any animal is licking my face as there are plenty of other ways they can let you know they love you.
It can be as simple as playing fetch, waiting on the other side of the door when you get home, or even just a wee look.
Do not get bad feelings about the poor dog as it probably thinks it will get more attention if it keeps this habit up with everyone.
Sounds like you don`t let it lick you bye-bye anyway.
Get into the habit of giving them air kisses, touch cheeks if necessary and blow the dog a kiss.
It might not be your style but if your husband follows suit, fine.
If not tell him he is in the doghouse until he gets home and brushes his teeth.
Try and laugh about it to your husband as it will be easier for him to slowly change over.
You will be giving the dog a break to.
Worse scenario being they decide to buy you a dog as a surprise for your Christmas. Agh!
Here Rover down boy.